Viktoria got in touch with CLAPA to share her experiences of being born with a cleft, and how that has influenced the person she is today.
My name is Viktoria, and I was born with a cleft lip and palate.
I am from Russia (St Petersburg) originally but I came to the UK when I was a baby, where I was adopted by my two parents.
I was bullied at primary school and the other students would tease me about my cleft, or ask lots of questions. As I got older, I learned not to take it personally and overcame other people’s reactions. I started to see it as curiosity as I became more comfortable in my own skin.
I am a dancer and teacher and have a full time job. I love what I do and who I am.
I’d love to support and share with others with a similar experience!